Pablo Sandoval has a Carl Crawford vibe going for him right now.
If you’ve forgotten what a Carl Crawford vibe was, allow me to fill you in:
A spoiled baby who got a ton of money he didn’t deserve and is now content with doing nothing to earn said money.
Ring a bell? Good. or bad… depending on your view.
The good news is that there’s a clear replacement for Sandoval: Travis Shaw. Up until a week or two ago, fans were lobbying for Shaw to replace Hanley Ramirez at first base. Since Hanley has shown he can adequately play first base, and that a healthy Ramirez bat in the lineup is necessary, Shaw is now competing with Sandoval for the starting third base job.
John Farrell himself has even mentioned it’s a possibility, I know a lot of people have said that Farrell doesn’t have the cojones to take his 95 million dollar man out of a starter’s role. To be honest with you, there’s been so much noise and nonsense surrounding the Sox over the past 12 months that I think Farrell would absolutely bench the Kung Fu Pothole if it meant the team would get off to a better start.
Shaw is a fun player to watch. He’s got great maturity, and he’s a legitimate power threat. He can also play several positions, like first base, third base and the outfield. He’s a valuable piece, and he’s very confident in himself. I, like everyone else, would love to see him at third on opening day in Cleveland.
This is an issue that must be addressed. The Sox brought Farrell in to fix a broken clubhouse, which he did in 2013. Now, three years later (feels weird to say that), he has to do it again.
Batter up, Skip.